How Our Brain Processes Music


It’s so interesting to see how our brain reacts to music and how music affects us. Music can be a passion and distraction at the same time. Here’s a couple of surprising facts behind the science of music.

Music that is happy or sad can affect how we feel about faces. After listening to happy or sad music, our brain inherently sees a neutral face as either more happy or more sad. This face would have a neutral expression, but for some reason our brain interprets it accordingly to the music that is being played.

Moderate sound level music playing in the background may increase our creativity. However, high sound level music can distract us from our work flow. So the next time you need to be creative, put on some ambient music in the background.

This next one might not be as surprising. The music we prefer to listen to can predict our personality. People who like to listen to classical music are more creative and have higher self-esteem. People who like rap music have high self-esteem and are outgoing. Dance music enthusiasts are outgoing and creative. The list goes on and on, but you get the jist.

So yes, music does affect our brain and the way we think from time to time. With more studies, we will be sure to find out more about how music affects our brain!